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City of Orrville holds parade for Lachavious Simmons

The City of Orrville’s parade for Lachavious Simmons turned into a family affair.

Simmons, a seventh-round pick of the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft, insisted that Keith High School’s class of 2020 be part of the festivities.

His younger sister, Shameria Richardson, will graduate from Keith High on June 19. His other sister, Ladiamon Flennory, graduated from Wallace Community College-Selma last weekend.

“It really didn’t matter if I had a parade,” Simmons said. “I wanted the parade to be more about the Keith High seniors.”

Orrville Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin said she admired the unselfishness of Simmons to share the moment with his hometown.

“Lachavious is a humble person who was willing to share the spotlight with others,” Lumpkin said.

Simmons’ parents, Eric Young and Quincella Simmons, both said they’re proud of their son for pursuing his dream to play in the NFL after starring at Tennessee State.

“I’m super proud of him,” Young said. “He accomplished a lot and did an excellent job to get drafted. He started his goal at a young age and never gave up.”

Added Quincella Simmons: “I always thought he’d get drafted because he works so hard. He’s a hard worker and I knew he’d make it.”

Simmons’ parade went beyond Orrville.

Selma City Councilmen Michael Johnson and John Leashore and Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson all participated in the parade for the 2015 Selma High graduate.